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5 Divine Instructor! Gracious Lord!

Be thou for ever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there!

43. C.M.-" Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet,&c. Ps. cxix. 105. 1 HOW precious is the book divine,

By inspiration given!
Bright as a lamp its doctrines shine,

To guide our souls to heaven.
2 It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts,

In this dark vale of tears;
Life, light, and joy it still imparts,

And quells our rising fears.
3 This lamp through all the tedious night

Of life shall guide our way, Till we behold the clearer light Of an eternal day.

44.

L.M.- Benefits of the Word.
1 WHEN Israel through the desert pass'd,

A fiery pillar went before;
Their guide by night through all the waste,

From Egypt quite to Canaan's shore. 2 Such is thy glorious word, O God,

'Tis for our light and guidance given; It sheds a lustre all abroad,

And points the path to bliss and heaven. 3 It fills the soul with sweet delight,

And quickens its inactive powers;
Sets all our wandering footsteps right,

Displays thy love, and kindles ours. 4 Its promises rejoice our hearts,

Its doctrines are divinely true;
Knowledge and pleasure it imparts,

Yields comfort and instruction too.

5 Ye British isles, who have this word,

Ye saints, who feel its saving power,
Your efforts join with one accord,
To send it forth to every shore. .

45.
C.M.— The Light and Glory of the Word.
1 A GLORY gilds the sacred page,

Majestic, like the sun;
It gives a light to every age;

It gives, but borrows none.
2 The hand that gave it, still supplies

The gracious light and heat;
His truths upon the nations rise,

They rise, but never set.
3 Let everlasting thanks be thine,

For such a bright display,
As makes a world of darkness shine

With beams of heavenly day. 4 My soul rejoices to pursue

The steps of him I love,
Till glory breaks upon my view,
In brighter worlds above.

46.
L.M.— The Voice of God in his Works.
1 THE spacious firmament on high,

With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,

Their great original proclaim.
2 The unwearied sun from day to day

Doth his Creator's power display;
And publishes to every land

The work of an Almighty Hand.
3 Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And, nightly, to the listening earth,
Repeats the story of her birth;

4 Whilst all the stars around her burn,

And all the planets, in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What, though in solemn silence all

Move round the dark terrestrial ball;
What, though no real voice nor sound

Amidst the radiant orbs be found? 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing, as they shine,
“ The Hand that made us is Divine."

47. L.M.-God's Goodness and wonderful Works. Ps. cvii. 21. 1 YE sons of men, with joy record

The various wonders of the Lord;
And let his power and goodness sound

Through all your tribes the earth around. 2 Let the high heavens your songs invite,

Those spacious fields of brilliant light;
Where sun, and moon, and planets roll,

And stars that glow from pole to pole. 3 Sing earth, in verdant robes array'd,

Its herbs and flowers, its fruit and shade; Peopled with life of various forms,

Fishes, and fowl, and beasts, and worms. 4 View the broad sea's majestic plains,

And think how wide its Maker reigns;
That band remotest nations joins,

And on each wave his goodness shines. 5 But oh! that brighter world above,

Where lives and reigns incarnate love!
God's only Son, in flesh array'd,
For man a bleeding victim made.

6 Thither, my soul, with rapture soar;

There in the land of praise adore;
This theme demands an angel's lay,
Demands an undeclining day.

48.
L.M.—A summary view of the Creation. Gen. i.
1 LOOK up, ye saints, direct your eyes

To him who dwells above the skies;
With your glad notes his praise rehearse

Who formed the mighty universe.
2 He spoke, and from the womb of night

At once sprung up the cheering light:
Him discord heard; and, at his nod,

Beauty awoke, and spoke the God. 3 The word he gave, the obedient sun

Began his glorious race to run;
Nor silver moon, nor stars delay

To glide along the ethereal way.
4 Teeming with life,-air, earth, and sea,

Obey the Almighty's high decree:
To every tribe he gives their food,

Then speaks the whole divinely good. 5 But, to complete the wondrous plan,

From earth and dust he fashions man;
In man the last, in him the best,

The Maker's image stands confest.
6 Lord, while thy glorious works I'view,

Form thou my heart and soul anew,
Here bid thy purest light to shine,
And beauty glow with charms divine!

49. C.M.- Meditating on Creation and Providence. 1 LORD, when our raptur'd thought surveys

Creation's beauties o'er,
All nature joins to teach thy praise,

And bids our souls adore.

2 Where'er we turn our gazing eyes,

Thy radiant footsteps shine;
Ten thousand pleasing wonders rise,

And speak their source divine. 3 Thy wisdom, power, and goodness, Lord,

In all thy works appear,
And O! let man thy praise record,

Man, thy distinguish'd care.
4 From thee the breath of life he drew;

That breath thy power maintains;
Thy tender mercy, ever new,

His brittle frame sustains.
5 Thy providence his constant guard,

When threatening woes impend,
Or will the impending dangers ward,

Or timely succours lend.
6 On us that providence has shone

With gentle, smiling rays;
O may our lips and lives make known

Thy goodness and thy praise!

50.

C.M.- The folly of self-dependence. Prov. iii. 5-7. 1 THE swift not always in the race

Shall seize the crowning prize;
Not always wealth and honour grace

The labour of the wise.
2 Fond mortals but themselves beguile

When on themselves they rest;
Blind is their wisdom, weak their toil,

By thee, O Lord, unblest.
3 Evil and good before thee stand,

Thy missions to perform;
The blessing comes at thy command,

At thy command the storm.

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